Legal Eagles

Creative Screenwriting Magazine explores some of the legal issues facing screenwriters with the help of practising entertainment attorneys.

 Brock Swinson

Nina Ameri on the Legal Side of Screenwriting

Nina Ameri on the Legal Side of Screenwriting

Ms. Ameri is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney who represents independent film producers, production companies, writers, actors, and directors in a variety of transactions ranging from acquisition of intellectual property and life story rights, corporate formation, talent agreements, writer agreements, producer agreements, director agreements, music licensing agreements for independent motion pictures, sales agency and distribution […]

 Justin Sterling

How Can Copyright Infringement Occur & What Can You Do About It?

How Can Copyright Infringement Occur & What Can You Do About It?

Any copyrightable element of a work can be subject to copyright infringement. Proving copyright infringement in court can be difficult. In order to prove copyright infringement, the plaintiff must: Establish the ownership of legitimate copyright. That the infringing party had access to the copyrighted work. That the infringing party had the opportunity to steal that […]

 Justin Sterling

What Are The Biggest Misconceptions About Copyright Protection For Screenwriters?

What Are The Biggest Misconceptions About Copyright Protection For Screenwriters?

One of the biggest misconceptions screenwriters have is regarding the establishment of a copyright in general. Many screenwriters believe that a copyright is solidly created at the moment of inception. However, while it is true that a copyright enures at the moment of creation, this is not actually particularly useful for protecting one’s work legally. […]

 Justin Sterling

How Do You Determine Fair Use Of Copyrighted Material?

How Do You Determine Fair Use Of Copyrighted Material?

Fair use has been one of the most hotly debated copyright legal issues, in terms of its use. Creative Screenwriting demystifies the law in this article. Original Factors For Fair Use Dating back to the 1800’s, the original factors for determining when a person could use another’s work in their own work without permission included: […]

 Justin Sterling

How Do You Copyright Works With Multiple Artistic Components?

How Do You Copyright Works With Multiple Artistic Components?

Screenplays form one part of a creative work, whether it’s a film, comic, graphic novel or other audiovisual work. There are certain considerations in terms of copyright protection when considering additional creative elements in a unified artistic work.  Comics & Graphic Novels U.S. copyright law provides for the ability to copyright both literary and artistic […]